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Newsletter No. 12 -- February, 1999

ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE IMAGING RESEARCH COMMUNITY:

NIH

  1. The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research: A Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2000
    URL: http://wwwosp.nci.nih.gov/NCIWEB/planning.htm
  2. Recently Cleared Concepts for Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements(PAs)
    Refer to this URL for new RFAs and PAs, including Development and Testing of Digital Mammography Displays and Workstations (New PA).
    URL: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/concepts/concepts.htm
  3. BREAST CANCER SURVEILLANCE CONSORTIUM EXPANSION (RFA: CA-98-025)
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: June 15, 1999; Application Receipt Date: July 15, 1999
    The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), invites applications from domestic institutions for cooperative agreements to support collaborative research within the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC), established by the Cancer Surveillance Research Program (CSRP) in 1994. This is a follow up to RFAs (cooperative agreements) awarded in 1994 and 1995 and coming to an end in 1999 and 2000. This RFA is intended to include recompetitions from existing centers and applications from new centers.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-98-025.html
  4. INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF MOTILITY OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT (RFA: DK-99-004)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Office of Research on Women's Health
    American Digestive Health Foundation
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: February 24,1999; Application Receipt Date: March 24, 1999
    The National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), through its Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, and the American Digestive Health Foundation (ADHF) invite experienced and new investigators to submit research grant applications to pursue basic and applied investigations into motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-99-004.html
  5. COMBINATION THERAPIES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS - SOL NIH-NAIMS-BAA-99-01
    National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    Proposals will be due on or about April 13, 1999.
    The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) hereby announces the availability of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit proposals for research which will increase clinical application of knowledge gained from basic research on bone diseases. To achieve the main goal of this BAA, the NIAMS seeks to support randomized trials of combinations of therapeutic agents for osteoporosis. These trials can include evaluation of either biochemical, radiologic, or other surrogate markers in order to study the mechanisms underlying the intervention and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis.
    POC Eileen D. Webster-Cissel, Chief, Contracts Management Branch, NIAMS, 301/594-2543.
    The solicitation NIH-NIAMS-BAA-99-01 will be available electronically on or about February 12, 1999 and may be accessed through the Internet at the following address: http://www.nih.gov/niams/grants/rfp/rfplist.htm
  6. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH CENTERS (RFA: AG-99-003)
    National Institute on Aging
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: March 1, 1999; Application Receipt Date: May 19, 1999
    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for support of Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRCs). These are designed to support and conduct research on Alzheimer's disease (AD), and to serve as shared research resources that will facilitate research in AD and related disorders and distinguish them from the process of normal brain aging.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-99-003.html
  7. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CORE CENTERS (RFA: AG-99-002)
    National Institute on Aging
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: March 1, 1999 ; Application Receipt Date: May 14, 1999
    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for support of Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (ADCCs). These are designed to serve as shared research resources to facilitate research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related disorders and distinguish them from normal aging.
    URL : http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-99-002.html
  8. CLINICAL CANCER THERAPY RESEARCH (PA-99-046)
    National Cancer Institute
    This PA replaces PA-92-069, published in the NIH Guide, Vol. 21, No. 15, April 17, 1992.
    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) seeks grant applications to conduct clinical therapeutic studies/trials of neoplastic diseases in humans. Clinical research, by definition, involves a clinician/patient-subject interaction with a therapeutic intent. This Program Announcement (PA) encompasses a full range of therapeutic studies and clinical trials employing drugs, biologics, radiation, and surgery. The intent of the PA is to encourage clinical researchers to translate insights in cancer biology and the development of new agents into innovative cancer therapeutic studies. Clinical trials using image-guided therapies, or research on imaging studies to assess efficacy of treatment would be responsive to this PA.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-046.html
  9. SALARY LIMITATION ON GRANTS, COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS
    National Institutes of Health
    The rate for FY99 is $125,900 which reflects a $900 increase over the FY 1998 salary limit.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-186.html
  10. NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH ON DRUG ADDICTION (PA-99-033)
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    This PA replaces PA-94-005, published in the NIH Guide, Vol. 22, No. 39, October 29, 1993.
    The intent of this program announcement is to continue to encourage investigator interest in the wide range of neuroscience research relevant to drug abuse, drug dependence, and drug addiction supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The research relevant to this announcement does not involve human subjects.
    URL : http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-033.html
  11. NCRR SHARED INSTRUMENTATION GRANT (PAR-99-031)
    National Center for Research Resources
    National Center for Research Resources
    Application Receipt Date: March 19, 1999
    The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is continuing its competitive Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program initiated in Fiscal Year 1982. Results of the most recent study, "The National Survey of Academic Research Instruments and Instrumentation," published in 1997 identified bioanalytical equipment of the type provided through this Program as the top most priority. The objective of the program is to make available to institutions expensive research instruments that can only be justified on a shared-use basis and for which meritorious research projects are described. The SIG Program provides a cost effective mechanism for groups of NIH-supported investigators to obtain commercially-available, technologically sophisticated equipment costing more than $100,000.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-031.html
  12. EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS (PAR-99-032)
    National Center for Research Resources
    Application Receipt Date: February 25, 1999
    The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is authorized under Public Law (PL) 103-43, Sections 481A and 481B of the Public Health Service Act (PHS), as amended by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act, to "make grants to public and nonprofit private entities to expand, remodel, renovate or alter existing research facilities or construct new research facilities". The facilities will be used for basic and clinical biomedical and behavioral research and research training.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-032.html
  13. TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE (RFA: HS-99-003)
    Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
    Letter of Intent Receipt Date: February 5, 1999; Application Receipt Date: April 22, 1999
    The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) invites applications to conduct research related to implementing evidence-based tools and information in diverse health care settings among practitioners caring for diverse populations. Applications are sought for studies that apply innovative strategies for implementing evidence-based tools and information and demonstrate improved clinical practice and sustained practitioner behavior change.
    URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-99-003.html
  14. MORE INFORMATION ON MODULAR GRANTS
    Announcement in NIH Guide: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-178.htm
    Features at a Glance: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular_features.htm
    Sample Application Information: Sample Budget Narrative Justification Pages:
    Same Number of Modules - Budget Narrative Justification Page for the same number of Modules for all years of the project. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular_budjust_same.htm
    Variation in Number of Modules - Budget Narrative Justification Page for a variation on the number of Modules requested in future years. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular_budjust_variation.htm
    Frequently Asked Questions: http://odoerdb2.od.nih.gov/gmac/topics/modular_faq.html

Centers for Disease Control

  1. DUAL ENERGY X-RAY ABSORPTIOMETRY (DXA) BODY COMPOSITION AND DENSITOMETRY QUALITY CONTROL CENTER FOR NHANES IV TOTAL BODY SCANS ACQUIRED WITH HOLOGIC QDR 4500A FAN- BEAM INSTRUMENTS SOL 200-1999-07016 - CDC
    DUE 03/12/99
    POC Contact Point, Elisa Hillman, 301/436-7007, Contracting Officer, Ronald L. Atherholt.
    This requirement is for the acquisition of scan image analysis and review of total body DXA scan data, including quality control data. Scans will be analyzed for total and regional bone mineral and soft tissue composition. The period of performance will be one year for the basic contract with a possible additional 6-one-year option periods. The contractor will provide: personnel with expertise in scan image analysis and in quality control evaluation of total body fan-beam DXA scan data collected on a Hologic QDR 4500A fan-beam densitometer from sample persons and quality control data from standardized calibration phantoms; and standardized criteria for evaluating these data. Personnel with expertise in using DXA to measure bone mineral and soft tissue will review scans to ensure that acquisition by NHANES IV field staff and analysis by the contractor's scan analysts are appropriate. Requests for copies must be submitted in writing and addressed to Ms. Elisa Hillman, reference RFP Number 200-1999-7016.

OTHER SOURCES

  1. FACULTY RESEARCH - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
    DEADLINE: February 19, 1999
    To support faculty of colleges or universities in their specific research topic. Of particular interest is Health Physics Faculty Research Award Program Program, which offers awards of $50,000 a year for three years (subject to renewal acceptance); allows academic faculty to conduct research or educational activities at their institution in the areas of health physics and radiation protection relative to DOE requirements.
    URL : http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm
  2. 1999 CLINICAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM - ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
    DEADLINE: February 15, 1999
    The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program is designed to allow young physicians committed to clinical medicine to acquire new skills and training in the non-biological sciences important to medical care systems. The program offers two years of graduate-level study and research -- as part of a university-based, post-residency training program -- in priority areas designated by participating institutions, as described below. The program is open to U.S. citizens training in any of the medical/surgical specialty fields, including psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and family medicine.
    URL : http://www.uams.edu/rwjcsp/

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